Degree Program Overview

Founded as Sam Houston Normal Institute in 1879, Sam Houston State University is the oldest teacher preparation program in Texas.

The BA or BS in Interdisciplinary Studies and the Secondary Education minor offer small class sizes and personal attention from a highly qualified faculty.


The first step to becoming a teacher is deciding which grade level you want to teach.

Students interested in teaching grades EC - 6, Special Education EC - 12, or Bilingual-Spanish in EC - 6 will major in Interdisciplinary Studies.

Students interested in teaching grades 4 - 8 will also major in Interdisciplinary Studies, but will minor in the preferred teaching field such as Science, Mathematics, Social Studies, or Language Arts.

Students interested in teaching grades 8 -12 will major in the preferred subject (teaching field) and will minor in secondary education.

All students are required to participate in field experiences in public schools.


The Interdisciplinary Studies degree is offered at the main campus in Huntsville and at The Woodlands Center.

Careers in Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Teacher
  • Principal
  • Administrator
  • Coach
  • Superintendent
  • Professors

Or continue your education with a graduate degree.

Program Breakdown

Brief breakdown of the type, or types, of degree(s) available, their length, available enrollment, and estimated cost.
Category Degree Summary
Degree Type Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (B.A.)

Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies (B.S.)
Length 120-129 Credit Hours
Enrollment Fall, Spring, Summer
Tuition/Costs Rates Per Semester

View the Interdisciplinary Studies BA BS brochure (.pdf)

Undergraduate Application Deadlines

  • Fall: August 1
  • Spring: December 1
  • Summer I: May 15
  • Summer II: June 15